How to StartUp

The StartUp is a four-day intensive of hands-on workshops that runs June 7-10, 2023 in Kingston, presented in partnership with Ingenuity Labs at Queen’s University.

Logo for Ingenuity Labs features three interlocking v-shaped tiles in red, yellow, and dark blue.


The StartUp pass is $200 and includes tickets to all FOLDA shows.

Link to buy StartUp pass

2023 GOALS

1) To strengthen the performing arts sector’s engagement with digital tools
2) To build ties and connections between the technology and arts and culture sectors
3) To explore how a live art festival can be an incubator that includes blind, deaf and disabled artists as equal partners


• An independent, freelance artist, especially based in Kingston and surrounding areas;
• A science and technology worker looking for new avenues of exploration; or
• An arts and culture worker exploring a continued commitment to digital exploration and/or accessibility and inclusion.


Robotics in Live Performance

June 7, 2023 – 10:00am–1:00pm ET

Led by Michael Wheeler with Shaza Kaoud

An introduction to the basic use of ROS and running a robot in a simulation. This three-hour workshop will involve hand-on experience

Venue: The Ingenuity Labs, Queen’s University

Artificial Intelligence in Live Performance

June 7, 2023 – 2:00pm–5:00pm ET

Led by Adrienne Wong with Xianzhi Jason Li

Introduction to text-to-image models and music generation models. This workshop combines theoretical and practical learning to create AI-
assisted performance assets.

Venue: The Ingenuity Labs, Queen’s University

Exploring Physical Sound from a D/deaf Perspective

June 8, 2023 – 10:00am–1:00pm ET

Led by Chisato Minimamura

Deaf-led bespoke workshop for participants who are deaf and/or hearing exploring: movement, physical and sensory expression.

Venue: The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

Motion Capture in Live Performance

June 9, 2023 – 2:00pm–5:00pm ET

Led by Marcel Stewart and Aaron Best

An introduction to motion capture using both the VICON system and the XSENS suit. This workshop will focus on the uses applicable to live performance versus the many recorded outputs.

Venue: The Ingenuity Labs, Queen’s University

How To Be A Sighted Guide

June 9, 2023 – 10:00am–2:00pm ET

Led by Amy Amantea and Gail Ritter

Participants will learn basic skills for guiding and assisting people who are blind and partially sighted in everyday situations.

Venue: Kingston Frontenac Central Library

Virtual Reality IRL/URL Creation Mob

June 10, 2023 – 10:00am–1:00pm ET

Hosted by Kingston Theatre Alliance and Spiderwebshow Performance

Join a VR flash-mob that brings twenty creators together first physically, and
then virtually, to create original artwork connected to one another.

Venue: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts